K12 Headlines

4/29/2014

4/29/2014

Wayne schools Superintendent Raymond Gonzalez has resigned to take a job leading the Westwood Regional district. Gonzalez's departure means the Wayne district will be left without a top leader for the seventh time in seven years

4/29/2014

The State Assembly authorized hundreds of new speed cameras for school zones in New York City and Long Island, endorsing a key part of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to reduce traffic fatalities.

4/29/2014

The high school graduation rate has topped 80 percent for the first time in U.S. history — and if states can keep up their rapid pace of improvement, the rate could hit 90 percent by 2020, according to newly released federal data.

4/29/2014

A brand new, $14 million school is among the wreckage after a half-mile-wide tornado swept through the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia. The tornado was described as leveling the intermediate school, which had been set to open this fall.

4/29/2014

A draft bill in North Carolina replaces the Common Core State Standards Initiative in reading and math with new education benchmarks to be created by the State Board of Education, in consultation with a new Academic Standards Review Commission.

4/29/2014

The Blaine County School District has selected GwenCarol Holmes, the chief academic officer of Alexandria Public Schools in Virginia, as the district’s new superintendent. Former Superintendent Lonnie Barber’s contract was terminated by the school board in September 2013.

4/29/2014

Stephen Nowlin has stepped down as superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, just 18 months after accepting the job, after being offered a buyout of his contract by the board of education.

4/29/2014

Fortres Grand Corporation released Clean Slate Version 7 for Windows 8.1/8/7 support. Clean Slate offers hard drive protection which discards unwanted computer changes at log off and reboot, restoring the computer to its original configuration.

4/29/2014

Kickboard released an enhancement to its instructional management solution. Using the new bubble sheet grading feature, powered by GradeCam, teachers can instantly grade multiple-choice assessments using their computer’s web camera with scores being immediately available in Kickboard.

4/29/2014

As part of a movement that aims to motivate kids through familiar technology, teachers are tapping the creative power of games such as Minecraft, Assassin's Creed and World of Warcraft to educate students in everything from history to engineering to biology.

4/29/2014

There is great wisdom in providing an early education for children who have not had the advantage of a language-rich background. The only question then: How are we going to pay for it, knowing that sufficient new money for early childhood education is unlikely? The answer is simply that we must do more with less.

4/29/2014

edTPA, the new teacher performance assessment in New York, has been built by the profession for the profession. Unfortunately, the current implementation of the edTPA is not serving the teaching profession as it should.

4/28/2014

4/28/2014

Burlington schools have a tough sell on their hands with a revised spending plan that asks for more money than the budget that was defeated on Town Meeting Day that would have raised school tax rates by nearly 10 percent.

4/28/2014

The state is warning three charter-school sponsors against opening six new schools because they are likely to fail.

4/28/2014

Through a collaboration with the town and local authorities, a Sudbury district will upgrade school security and emergency preparedness through a cloud-based technology that provides police with live video from camera feeds in Sudbury schools, interactive floor plans of each school building, and 360- degree virtual views of every classroom, utility closet, and hallway.

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